Summer is in full swing and hopefully every night you are outside at the grill, enjoying the fresh air and cooking over an open fire. To ensure you have a fulfilling grilling experience, these are the grilling tools that you must have in your arsenal.
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The most important grilling tools
Grilling isn’t just an American tradition; it is one of the oldest methods of preparation! And while all you really need is a fire and something to turn your food around, there are some great grilling tools on the market that can make your life a lot easier.
Instead of risking burns, too little or too long meat, or losing your food in the fire, we recommend that you bring a few essentials that every grill master should have with you.
1. Chimney starter
If you’re cooking over charcoal for that smoky taste, use a fireplace lighter for the fastest, most even heating of your charcoal.
You don’t need a lighter fluid, so you skip the gasoline taste that hobby barbecues may be used to.
2. Grill brush
Keeping your grill clean is critical to bringing nicely fried and intact food to the table, and a grill brush will help you achieve both.
Make sure you start with clean grids so that you get clear grill marks and your food will rise in one piece.
3. Robust pliers
Resist the urge to prick your meat – tongs are best for turning! You want to avoid piercing the meat and letting the juice leak out.
They should be stainless steel and at least 16 inches long to give you some clearance from the flames.
For times when tongs are not the first choice, such as fish fillets that can easily fall apart, use a spatula.
You want one made out of stainless steel and slightly larger than your usual kitchen spatula.
5. Meat thermometer
Don’t be an amateur and cut into your meat to judge if it’s done! Picking up a meat thermometer will give you an accurate reading while your meat remains intact. Make sure you insert the probe into the side of burgers and steaks for the most accurate reading.
Grilling and grilling are not the same thing. Grilling is about cooking hot and fast, so having a thermometer is really handy.
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6. BBQ gloves
Grilling requires a lot of heat, so protect your hands (and arms). Leather or suede gloves are best, especially if they reach over your forearms.
7. Grill basket and / or grill mats
Your grill is not only suitable for steaks and chicken breasts, but hopefully also for grilling vegetables and fruit.
Small and fragile types of meat such as shrimp and fish also benefit from grill baskets and grill mats – this is how you protect your grilled food from falling between the grids. Never lose a tomato or asparagus stem again!
8. Metal skewers
Kebabs are ready-made meals on a stick, perfectly portioned for everyone when grilling – so be sure to grab a few skewers for your next barbecue evening.
9. Barbecue hoe
Again, for the charcoal grills out there, do yourself a favor and get yourself a griller to rake the coals. You should leave a non-charcoal spot on your grill to give your meat a place to rest, and you can move things around for indirect grilling too.
Check out this video from Ace Hardware for a list of the most important grilling tools you’ll need for your next BBQ evening:
Once you have your grilling tools in place, you can become the grill master you always wanted to be!
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If you have a special tip for all aspiring grill masters, what would it be? Let us know in the comment section!
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Editor’s note: This post was originally published in July 2020 and has been updated for quality and relevance.
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